Sometimes my ‘Daily Cups’ seem to write themselves. A topic or an observation from the past week just rolls around in my mind and ejects itself into a fairly understandable form on the electronic page. Other weeks, it isn’t so easy.
Not that there isn’t a lot rolling around in my head. Not that there aren’t myriad events and reflections jockeying to come out. Rather that what does come out seems to be simplistic and a repeat of what has come before. And in a way, every time I reflect upon my relationship with the Almighty, it seems that Jesus has said it far more succinctly and fluently, not to mention two thousand years earlier.
Love God with your whole heart and soul
Love thy neighbor as thyself
What more truly can be added to this? How much more simple can it get? Of course, we spend most of our time trying to weasel around it. We get caught up in our own egos and the pursuit of ticks on our temporal ticket. We wish to focus on being clever, or beautiful, or well thought of by ourselves and others. We, like the disciples sleeping in the garden, or the Israelites grousing in the desert, cannot keep our all-too-human minds and hearts focused on two simple commandments.
So maybe this last week of Lent, I can try to focus on these two simple commandments. Maybe I can drag my very easily distracted heart and mind onto the simple, beautiful, awesomely powerful goal that an all-too-human Jesus was executed for preaching.